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Entries for 2016



Six Tips to Keep Seniors Safe on Halloween

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on October 31, 2016 at 8:17 AM
Seniors can feel lots of stress at Halloween.  Being alone in the dark along with the large amounts of strangers coming to the door can be very intimidating.  When you add in scary masks the unknown is greatly magnified.  Follow these tips to ensure a FUN and SAFE evening.Stay inside while passing out candy- don’t invite anyone in!Make sure area is well lit- Use both inside and outside lights.  When you can see what is going o...

Communicating with Older Parents

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on October 26, 2016 at 12:49 PM
Often times family members hesitate to talk with their aging parents about common topics of concern such as changes to health, transportation, home care, legal and financial issues as well as retirement housing.    Geriatric professionals suggest it is much better to have these parent conversations sooner rather than later. It is often too late to make informed decisions or be sensitive to everyone’s point of view once a p...

Home Staging Gets Attention and Moves Houses

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on October 20, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Homes sell more quickly with staging since they show better online and attract more walk through visitors. Caring Transitions Chicago Northwest Suburbs partners with Staging by Lisa to help Realtors sell homes quickly.

Behind the Scenes of an Estate Sale (part 1)

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on September 28, 2016 at 6:00 AM
Peer behind the scenes into how estate sales organizations work and what you should expect from a professional approach.

Why I started this business

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on September 23, 2016 at 4:42 PM
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”   ~Henry David ThoreauI found this quote in the pretty little notebook my Mother had left for us to find in her home after she passed. In it, she had inscribed her own deeply personal dreams. Beautiful cursive stories that eventually came to pass and others to inspire those she would leave behind in body--but never in spirit. One dream as a 12-ye...

Estate Team/Move Team Members Needed!

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on September 19, 2016 at 8:55 AM
Caring Transitions of Chicago Northwest Suburbs is looking for a part-time Team Member who is responsible for providing world class customer service to clients while assisting in the coordination, sorting, packing/unpacking, staging, pricing and conducting of estate sales and online auctions locally. This is a part-time position with flexible hours, a stress-free, engaging work environment with the opportunity to help others.  Ideal...

No Fail Estate Sale

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on August 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM
One of the challenges consumers face when moving to a smaller space is trying to figure what to do with their downsized possessions.  Today, there are more options than ever, including charitable donation, live auction, online auction, tag sales, traditional garage sale and Estate Sale. For people who have a fair amount of valuable inventory but not a lot of time, an Estate Sale can be a very positive experience.  Estate Sales are managed by pr...

Online Auction: What's Hot, What's Not?

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on July 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM
As the nations’ largest combined network of estate sales and online auctions, Caring Transitions sells just about every type of product you could imagine. Our CT Online Auction site specializes in consumer online auctions that have easy-to-access local pick-up locations for winning bidders. Local winners also often have the opportunity to find great deals on unadvertised items at the local pick-up sites. In addition, we can ship items natio...

Managing Your Move: Packing Advice from the Experts

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on June 20, 2016 at 3:00 PM
As we move toward peak moving season, the nation’s move management experts at Caring Transitions, provide these tips and advice to help reduce moving day stress.    Don’t move without a plan At Caring Transitions, we see a lot of clients who know they will be moving soon, but don’t take time to plan properly for all that needs to happen. Tasks seem to be put off for “later” and this often creates a chaotic and stressful environment on...

Real Estate Resources for Mom & Dad

 Posted by Mary Beth Radeck on May 24, 2016 at 2:25 PM
When it comes to choosing housing or buying and selling real estate, the needs of older adults and their families can be quite complex. Selling situations may be complicated by issues such as family dynamics, deteriorating health, personal loss and financial constraints. To provide consumers with dedicated support options, two of the nation’s most professional resources work in partnership.Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)The National Associat...
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